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Americana Floorcloths
is proud to be selected for the 2007 Directory of Traditional Crafts

Jennifer Frantz, Artist
26836 Riverford Drive
Perrysburg, Ohio 43551

Tree of Life ~ New for 2008
A blazing tree that the artist described as having seen in a vision, held before her by an angel, "as distinctly as [she] ever saw a natural tree." According to the inscription at the bottom of the work, this vision occurred on October 9, 1845.

Schooner’s Landing
Traveling country roads on foot, painting kit on his back, Rufus Porter would arrive in a town and set up shop, distributing leaflets publicizing his services as a short order portraitist and mural painter—and on occasion offering pieces in exchange for room and board.

New Hampshire Homestead ~ Best Seller

Rufus Porter, an artist and inventor who lived from 1792 - 1884 and spent his boyhood years in the Bridgton, Maine area, helped to create an American culture. In his early years Porter painted small watercolor portraits from Maine to Virginia, then later moved on to landscape painting on walls of private homes throughout New England. His wall murals inspired this series of floorcloths. 

Colors include peach and rasberry background with sage, evergreen, barn red and noir

Red Border Floorcloth
This original design is a popular folk art floorcloth that adds charm to any room.  Quaint and primitive, this mat will add a bit of cheer in any setting. Colors include cranberry, mustard, sage and noir.

1760 Floral
This 1760 reproduction in shades of ochre, red and colonial green on an “aged” background complement any room. In fact, it makes a beautiful focal point. This is one of my favorites as the inspiration came from a needlepoint of my mother's. She also loved the Americana craft.

Stratton Tavern Floorcloth
Taverns were a feature of the 18th and 19th century landscape. Placed at frequent (15-20 mile) intervals along public roadways. Taverns provided food, drink and overnight accommodations. Wall stencils from the A. Stratton Tavern (Arad Stratton, b.1795) the third generation to keep tavern in Northfield, Mass. 
A wide barn red border, antique ivory back ground and black diamond center.

Sheep in the Pasture
Rufus Porter’s use of local landscapes with a vivid palette and broad, open brushstrokes was a departure from the styles and content of classical European wallpaper. The same style is used in this collection—how lovely!

Leach-Overlock House Floorcloth
This floorcloth was inspired by the wall murals of Moses Eaton from the Leach-Overlock house in northern Maine.Moses Eaton is one of the best documented stencilers of New England. He began stenciling as early as 1778 with the majority of his work created between 1800 through 1840.

New Hampshire Farm House ~ Best Seller
Rufus Porter became a prolific muralist between 1825 and 1845, decorating some 160 houses and inns in
Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and as far south as Virginia. This original design reflect the countryside found then and now.


The Liberty Sails Floorcloth
Rufus Porter’s murals documented the happenings of events during the early 1800s. His murals are filled with huge trees, harbor scenes and mountains all painted free-hand with the help of a few hand-cut stencils. This is also true with Americana Floorcloths which seldom use stencils alone, but combines the two techniques together. The Liberty Sails is an inspiration of the artist depicting one of the few ships that came to Colonial America with supplies for the Colonies.

One Shoe Off, 1807  Reproduction
Seen in John Brewster's "One Shoe Off", Brewster descended from one of New England’s oldest Puritan families; he traveled easily among the elite families of Maine, Connecticut, and eastern New York State whose portraits he painted. He is known as one of the best know folk art painters of the 1800s.

Girl with Rattle, 1838 Reproduction ~ Best seller
Erastus Field, born in Massachusetts, never wandered more than 200 miles from this rural birthplace. One of the first to use a daguerreotype for accurate and realistic portraitures,
his unparalleled legacy establishes him as perhaps the premiere figure in the 19th century American primitive tradition which is where this floorcloth is seen..

Mustard Evergreen Floorcloth
Diamond shapes reflecting stone marble and checkerboard patterns were fairly common in taverns during colonial times. These patterns are still popular today, complementing contemporary, traditional, country and eclectic furnishings.

Blue Florette Floorcloth
Diamond shapes reflecting stone marble and checkerboard patterns were fairly
common in taverns during colonial times. These patterns are still popular today, complementing contemporary, traditional, country and eclectic furnishings.
Sarah’s Floorcloth
Diamond patterns were quite common in floorcloth design particularly in Great Britain prior to arrival in the States during the 1700’s. The traditional pattern blends well with any interior with the formality of the floorcloth dependant upon the colors used.


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